Resurrection of an old brand......I wonder if these two visit AAPK's.......looks good to me...JBF CHAMPLIN AND SONS
JBF Champlin and Sons Cutlery, is a new version of a very old brand. It is being created and pushed forward by two rather unlikely partners, Derek Smith from Salt Lake City and Michael Losicco of Pennsylvania. They have both been independently researching and collecting anything to do with JBF Champlin for many years.
Michael Losicco’s fascination with vintage pocketknives started innocently enough while he was visiting an antique store about 20 years ago. He wasn’t even shopping for knives, but on a whim he picked up a pearl handled whittler with a broken blade that happened to be a knife made by JBF Champlin. He didn’t know it at the time, but he was hooked.
Derek Smith was married to Kimberly Champlin for 12 years, Kimberly is a direct descendant of JBF Champlin. Through her, Derek has had the chance to visit extensively with several family members who have been collecting old letters and working on the family genealogy for years.
This treasure trove of family history along with Derek’s newly found interest
in vintage knives started him on his own journey. Since then he has spent countless hours researching the history of the Champlin family and the knives they made.
Through the love of anything that was part of JBF Champlin’s history, Derek and Mike eventually crossed paths and became fast friends and allies. They have asked GEC to produce their first offering in honor of JBF Champlin, a cutlery pioneer and family man, whom they both respect and admire.
One of JBF’s early trademarks was “JBF Champlin & Son”. An “s” has been added so the new trademark reads “JBF Champlin & Sons” in honor of all of this man’s descendants including his grandsons, great grandsons and great granddaughters.